548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association

Reunion Information

548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association 
Reunion 2018 
Dayton, Ohio July 12-14


548th and 67th Alumni (7 March 17)

The Reunion will be held in Dayton, Ohio, at the Hope Hotel and & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the dates are now firm, July 12 - 14, 2018.  Unfortuantely, the Museum of the USAF is no longer offering dinning under the wings, so the banquet will probably be at the Hotel, this is a recent change and many groups that were planning events at the Museum are upset by it, perhaps they may have a change of heart in the next year.  The planning group in Dayton is still working out details on the reunion and memorial bench, will keep you posted.




548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association
Reunion 2018
Dayton, Ohio July 12-14 (date tentative)

548th and 67th Alumni

The overwhelming winner of the vote for the 2018 reunion location was Dayton Ohio/Wright-Patterson AFB, which had 31 of the 59 votes cast, second place goes to Cocoa Beach/Patrick AFB with 10 votes.  The tentative date for the reunion we are looking at is July 12-14, 2018 at the Hope Hotel and Conference Center, the same venue as our 2010 reunion.   The hotel is undergoing renovations, so it should be even better for this reunion.

If you have not done so already, we need you to send an email to forsythj223@hotmail.com with a simple Yes, Maybe, or No, if you plan on attending the reunion.  If a yes or maybe, please give the number attending, also if not staying at the hotel, let me know.   Additionally, send any comments on the proposed dates, the 2010 reunion was July 8-10 and we had pretty good weather for it.  This will give us some initial planning numbers.  

(Note:  If you are a member and didn't receive the above information in an email from us, we don't have a current email address for you, please send your current email address to the above address)

Here is a list of those who have responded thus far:
(as of 1100 HST October 26, 2016, 131 responses, many did not provide a number attending and are listed as one, send me any changes)

Yes 59 (Approx 98 Members and Guests) Maybe 45 (Approx 76 Members and Guests) Not Attending 27
Peter Ahammer (1)
Max Alexander (1)
John Anderson (1) Eric Anderson 
Steve Barr (1) Becky Archer (1) Peter Aradi 
Mark Bastian (1) Robert Ardizzoni (2) Bobby Beard
Ron Boyer 
Art Beidler (2) Robert Barfus (2) John Clevenger 
Larry Benson (2) Brad Bartter (2) David Dean 
John Bernat (2) Ildrid Bates (1) Philip Desjardins 
Chris Biskup (2) Jim Belk (1) Kevin Fraleigh 
Doc Blanchard (2) David Blakley (1) Virginia Hall
Vern Hamilton
Tim Houghton 
Herb Boasso (2) Josh Calvin (2) John Kennedy 
Cecil Brown (4) Greg Chatham (1) John Klein 
Michael Brown (1) Dan Daniels (2)
Darrel Dudley (1)
Christopher Knowles 
Terry Deininger (2) Joe Ford (2) Alton Matherne 
Maureen DeNunzio (2) Bobby Garrett (1) Mike McKee 
Pete Durnell (2) Gary Gohn (2) Ron McKinney 
Gene Ebron (2) Russ Gorrell (2) Paul Medvetz 
Fumiko Fisher-Fosdick (2) Jim Grant (1) Jim Miller 
Bill Forsyth (3) Steven Greco (2) Paul Mills 
Bob Gallagher (1) Mike Griffin (2) William Munson 
Ben Gomes (1)
John Hagen (1)
Lee Hester (2) Betty Terrill 
Charles Harding (2) Eddie Hickman (2) Jack Tubert 
William Heath (2) Frank Lindenmeier (1) Dan Waddle 
Ray Ingold (2) Harry Lindquist (2) Bill Willard 
Steve Irish (2) Les Mahoney (2) Carl Wiles
Ken Kelly (2) Cydne Marckmann (1)
Kevin Kenny (2) William Martin (2)
John Kephart (2) Roy Mattke (2)
Michael Kiser (2) Raymond Miller (1)
Dan Kolcun (2) Oscar Ogg (2)
Steve Krywany (1) Richard O'Neil (2)
Steve Martz (1) Ken Parman (2)
Gerald Matthews (1) John Pecarina (2)
Laurel Mayer (2) Richard Pignone (2)
Nicholas Mertes (1) John Schlimmer (2)
Mark Mizner (1) Ken Sharkey (1)
George Nitzenberger (1)
Lawrence Odell (1) Bruce Skinner (2)
Al Owen (2)
Steve Pagel (2)
William Snyder (2)
Jim Paine (2) Tim Tady (2)
Robin Reed (1) Gil Taylor (1)
Clinton Rogers (2) Barry Vanderpool (2)
Shaun Ryan (2) Wayne Wainright (2)
James Sertich (1) Donald Walker (2)
Alick Shirley III (1) Frank White (2)
Norman Simpson (2)
C Skelley (2)
Lynn Wilhelm (1)
Jim Spencer (2) Kevin Wooton (2)
Elton Stokes (2)
Gary Taylor (1)
Tom Thompson (2)
Rob Turner (2)
Joe Van Buren (1)
Don Waddell (2)
Joe Weller (1)
James Wells (2)
James Wilson (1)




Reunion Location Vote
It is time to vote for the location of our 2018 reunion.   We have 13 nominations, please vote for only one location by emailing me at forsythj223@hotmail.com, no second choices please.  Below are the locations in the order they were received and member justifications.  I will keep a running count, updated every few days, on this page
.  Please vote by June 17th, I will send out an email with the winning location on June 18th.


Vote Count (As of 14 June 2016 0910 HST)
Martha's Vineyard, MA 2
Cape Cod/JB Cape Cod (Otis AFB), MA 2
Cocoa Beach/Patrick AFB, FL 10
Omaha/Offutt AFB, NE 2
Wright/Patterson AFB, OH 31
Seattle/JB Fort Lewis McCord, WA 4
Alanta/Smyrma/Dobbins AFB, GA 1
Ft Walton Beach/Eglin AFB, FL 2
Colorado Springs/USAF Academy, CO 2
Orlando, FL 0
San Antonio/Lackland AFB, TX 2
Hampton/JB Langley-Eustis, VA 1
Melbourne, FL 0
                                              Total Votes 59

Nominations:
(In order received)

1.  Martha's Vineyard
2.  Cape Cod
Once again, I would like to nominate Martha's Vineyard or Cape Cod as the site of the next reunion.  The best time of the year, not only in terms of weather and scenery but lodging expenses, is after Columbus Day when EVERYTHING becomes significantly cheaper.  Cape Cod is home to Joint Base Cape Cod (formerly Otis Air Force Base and Camp Edwards).  And Otis is the base from which the fighter jets took off to chase down the two commercial jets which had taken off from Logan headed for the Twin Towers on 9/11.  Virtually all types of aircraft have, and do, fly in and I'm sure that between the Cape's commercial facilities and the military facilities the Cape could accommodate any event.  You have day trips by ferry to Martha's Vineyard and/or Nantucket and there are golf courses and tennis courts galore.  And then there are the whale watching cruises.  Sincerely, Chris Knowles, former SSGT, 480th RTG & 548TH RTG, 1970 - 1974

3.  Patrick AFB, Fl  Ben Oakes added:  There is a lot of stuff that can entertain.  Cape Canaveral, Mini Casino Cruz ship (5 hours), Orlando (50miles), Cocoa Beach,.  Robin Reed's 1st choice:  Cocoa Beach, FL (Patrick AFB) spring or fall; for the AFB & ocean
4.  Offutt AFB, Ne (Springtime Only)  Robin Reed's 3rd choice, spring or fall;  for the AFB and central location for traveling.    
5.  Wright-Patt AFB, Oh  in that order Mike Kiser.  Larry Benson:  Propose Dayton, OH/Wright-Patterson AFB, location of our first 548th reunion in 2010 and site of the 67th reunion in 2006, for the 548th/67th gathering in 2018. Rationale includes:
- Overall ease of travel to a fairly central location, whether by land or air; significantly more economical than many larger venues. 
- Unparalleled availability of USAF services due to proximity of quarters options to base.
- Hope Hotel has undergone renovation and is located on base property (outside fence so security/access not an issue). Rates within military per diem; hospitality, meeting and banquet facilities on premises along with full service restaurant and bar providing 0600 breakfast through late services until 2300.
- National Museum of USAF has grown considerably since 2010. Fourth hangar opens 10 June housing all R&D, Presidential and Cold War aircraft previously located in old hangar locations on base with many open for walk-through touring. Missile and Space, including NASA shuttle, exhibits are now in place. Space exhibits include vehicles from several of the NRO programs we previously worked with under maximum security guidelines. New theater, upgraded from former IMAX, shows multiple 3D movies. Multiple simulators now installed for those into interactive pursuits. Possible venue for banquet depending upon cost considerations; catering provided by W-P club. Guided tours available with advanced planning to include an intelligence focused itinerary lead by NASIC historian.
- 18 and 9 hole golf courses available as a free time option.
- National Air and Space Intelligence Center available to provide ISR topics in support of program if desired (providing we give sufficient advance notice). Plethora of speaker options for banquet available in local area.
- Local attraction options include Hollywood Casino and Race Track (harness racing), Carillon Park which features great exhibits and dioramas beginning with settler life and progressing to the evolution of 20th Century technology applicable to numerous developments now accepted as standard to our lifestyles. Carillon is also an option for a dining event as catering is available.
- Free Thai meal as in 2010 except this time there is a food truck available to cater at any prearranged location.
- Too much shopping (any price range and interest) with 10-15 minutes. 
- Several association members live in proximity and are willing and able (hopefully) to work arrangements on scene versus long distance; Greene County Visitors Bureau offers support and scheduling assistance.  Cecil Brown added:  Based the 2014 recommendation (very lengthy, at end of the other recommendations) from Col Schatzley (for our 2016 Reunion) and the fact that Larry Benson and I spearheaded two such functions in the past and have maintained our contact source list, I would suggest we host the next reunion at WPAFB.  I would be willing to do the ground work along with Larry.  Warm Regards--Cecil Brown    Bill Forsyth adds:  In Sept 2014 Col (ret) Larry Benson sent me an email concerning a 2nd reunion at WPAFB saying  " have a new idea. Whenever we can find the wherewithal, there is a grand opportunity for a memorial in the garden of the AF Museum.   I am going to investigate the cost and rules."  The memorial would be similar to the one we dedicated during the 2012 reunion at Hickam. In 2006 I attended the dedication of a Forward Air Controller Memorial at the park and was very impressed by the park. 
6.  Seattle, WA  I nominate Seattle for the next reunion. Ft Lewis/MChord AFB is 45 miles south of Seattle and on American Lake which has a nice banquet facility that could be catered. Boeing's Museum of Flight is simply awesome (museumofflight.org), public transportation to and around Seattle by light rail  from SeaTac Intl Apt is fast and cheap, there are Navy sub bases on Puget Sound where we might arrange tours, and tours of Seattle Center (Space Needle), Seattle fish market (pikeplacefish.com), harbor and lake tours, etc. are all wonderful activities that will encourage attendees to spend additional time in the area. The best time to go would be May when the weather improves but before the summer tourist season begins.   As an aside, Ft. Lewis has an outdoor paintball facility that can be reserved by groups. I've always wanted to try that! There is camping available at both Ft. Lewis and MChord.  The downside is the distance from MChord to Seattle. Traffic is always heavy, so public or chartered transportation would be desirable.   Steve Irish

7.  Atlanta/Smyrna, Ga: home to Dobbins ARB, on which is also home to a Naval aviation unit, and all sorts of things to see and do!!
8.  Ft. Walton Beach, Fl:  home to Eglin AFB, close to Pensacola and many sugar white beaches, and great food!!      Regards, Bobby J. Garrett, former SSGT 548th RTG, Hickam AFB, Hawaii,, Art Beidler's second nomination choice (2) Ft Walton Beach, Fl

9.  Colorado Springs would be a great place.     Russ Gorrell

10.  Orlando, Disney world.   60 miles west from Cape Canaveral.  James Wilson

11.  San Antonio.  I believe it would be a good place because that is where we all began our Air Force commitments. Well for those of us who were enlisted Air Force that is. There is plenty to see and do there. There is the River walk, the Alamo, Six Flags Fiesta, and about a half hour drive they is Gruene Tx where they have great country music at Gruene Hall. Also there is a nice river in New Braunsfel, Tx to go tubing during the summer. Just an idea I had.  Darrell Dudley

12.  Hampton, VA (Langley AFB) spring or fall; for the AFB and proximity to where members live. Robin Reed's 2nd choice.


13.  Melbourne FL Art Beidler's 1st nomination choice.


Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  Additional Recommendation for WPAFB:     
Col Schatzley Nomination 2014: 
"Our last reunion at the AF Museum was June 2010, ergo some of our members and guests are hands on familiar with the Museum and other Dayton tourist attractions. For a quick update of both go on line: “Air Force Museum” will suffice; for 29 area attractions: “Fun in the Dayton Area.’  
 
Since 2010 several significant new displays have been added to the AF Museum collection; three are especially apropos the 548th mission: Two Gambit  (KH 8) and one Hexagon (KH 9) photo satellites. Also new are the NASA Space Shuttle trainer and a WW I display. A fourth building will be opened in 2016.
 
The Gambit and Hexagon are among the last photo satellites and have been displaced by digital systems somewhat technically similar to but magnitudes greater capability than a combination of personal cell phones, internet and desktop computers.
 
At the AF Museum we can profitably address both technologies within unclassified guidelines. The Dayton area is replete with pertinent personal experience; some have made tentative commitments to speak, e.g., a retired general officer who flew RB 57F overflights in Asia; a recently retired senior civilian who dealt extensively with Israeli AF and has contacts with expertise in digital processing; recent declassifications now permit me to discuss more fully my experiences beginning with PI of the early overflights from Yokota in 1949 -51 to varied recon/intelligence staff and command assignments to retirement in1972. A close personal friend who does professional quality video recording has agreed to record presentations.
 
Barring tightened security I believe an unclassified tour of NASIC can be arranged.
 
I have no knowledge of the 548th ISRG at Beale, but strongly believe they should be invited to attend and provide an unclassified Missions and
Products briefing. Failing that, perhaps a DVD including a virtual tour of the facility could be provided.
 
I have barely touched the resources available to us; there is more than enough to obviate the need for golf or outside tours to fill the time, although they can be arranged.
 
Bill, please be assured I do not, repeat not, seek any leader ship role, perhaps catalyst is a good term. At my age and physical condition (my Doc says great--for your age) I do not have the energy or the time to do more than assist. I am pushing for the AF Museum in 2016 because we are in a great transition—a time warp?—between lens-film photography and the lens-digital technology that need to be bridged if the 548th heritage is to survive. The Museum straddles both technologies, is centrally located, accessible with relatively inexpensive hotels. I have discussed this briefly with Larry Benson and copied this to him. He should be the local project person. I will gladly follow his lead. I have merely glossed over key points because I want to give you some “heads-up” re my reasoning--subject to discussion--not cut in stone to get this nomination in before deadline.  Warm regards, Lee Schatzley 2 nov14



OBE Information


548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association Reunion

Las Vegas, Nevada, April 28-30, 2016

March 22, 2016 Update

Here is the spreadsheet  Reunion_Cost_Spreadsheet7.xls
32.0 KB for calculating the cost of the reunion, with payment instructions at the bottom, as well as a list of those currently attending the reunion and riding the bus.  Please fill out the form, save it to your computer, then email it back to me at forsythj223@hotmail.com by March 14th, 45 days before the reunion, the date we must to give the hotel the approximate numbers.  You don't have to pay at this time, although early payment will be appreciated.    You can register for the reunion, or cancel your attendance up to April 24th, when you sign up, please fill out both the registration form on the website, and this cost spreadsheet.

We are confirmed for the Friday tour of the Threat Museum and Thunderbirds at Nellis, as well as Lunch at the club, for those who want to eat there.  I got word from our Creech member contact that the Wing Commander did not approve out tour, will work on an alternate tour at Nellis or a tour of the National Atomic Test Museum,  with a stop at the hotel before for those who do not want to go there.  We are also still working on the Guest Speaker for Saturday night, again, I hope to have word soon.

The bus now has lots of room for the tour after several members cancelled.   A list of those riding the bus and attending the reunion is on the Reunion Cost Spreadsheet, above.

We have an executive suite and are cleared to use it as a hospitality suite, I will try and have it open Thursday afternoon, just keep the noise down please, they will give you the room number for the suite when you check-in.

Key Dates:

March 14th:  Numbers from Cost Spreadsheet due at the hotel.

March 21:  Last day to make payment by check so it can be deposited in Hawaii by March 28th

March 28th:  Last day for a room reservation at the Orleans Hotel and Casino using our block of rooms, see the Reunion Information page on 548rtg.org for instructions on making reservation.  Reservations after this date are at the regular room rate and availability.

March 28th:  Last day to pay via Paypal.   Payment in full ($7,300) is required by the hotel catering 30 days (March 29th) prior to the reunion, we do not have that kind of money in our association account so I need to have it deposited by then.  

April 24th:  Last day to sign up for the reunion, payment due at the same time via Paypal .  Final payment from the association account is due 72 hours before the reunion, if you cancel your attendance at the reunion before the 72 hours (April 24), we will give you a full refund,.  The hotel requires 48 hours for room cancellation for a full refund. 

April 28th:  Reunion Starts.

If you have some extenuating circumstances where you can not make the payment dates, let me know and we will work with you.

You may call into The Orleans Hotel Reservations at 800-675-3267 or go on-line to www.OrleansCasino.com/groups and use group code: A654C04.  To avoid long hold times they encourage making your reservations on-line.   Reservations must be made on or before Monday, March 28, 2016 to ensure availability and group rate.    You will be billed one night, plus tax and other charge,s at the time of booking, you can cancel up to 48 hours before your scheduled check in, if within 48 hours or a no show, you will be billed for one night.  The last day to make reservations at the group rate is March 28th.


Aloha

Bill

Reunion Update March 9, 2016
As of today, we have 68 members who say they are attending the reunion and another 35 who might attend, a list of those attending  is below.  We still do not have a firm price per person for the reunion, I am awaiting information from our reunion planners in Las Vegas, but it appears it will be more than initially thought, probably $121 per person, plus $14 per person for lunch at the Nellis AFB Club for those going on the tours Friday.  We are confirmed for the Threat Museum ("Petting Zoo") and Thunder Bird tours at Nellis on Friday, still awaiting word on the Creech AFB and RPA portion.

 I had to check for one member who got a NO ROOMS AVAILABLE response from the hotels reservation website, he was making a reservation starting on Wednesday, the 27th, and I found there are NO ROOMS at the GROUP RATE left for Wednesday per the count the hotel sent me last Wednesday, if you want to stay the extra day, you probably have to call the reservation desk, they do offer call back, and make a reservation at the regular rate ($50 plus taxes), or make a separate reservation online for that night.  There are still two rooms available for Sunday night, if you get an error with that day, someone beat you to them.  If you have any problems with the reservation, let me know.

You may call into The Orleans Hotel Reservations at 800-675-3267 or go on-line to www.OrleansCasino.com/groups and use group code: A654C04.  To avoid long hold times they encourage making your reservations on-line.   Reservations must be made on or before Monday, March 28, 2016 to ensure availability and group rate.    You will be billed one night, plus tax and other charge,s at the time of booking, you can cancel up to 48 hours before your scheduled check in, if within 48 hours or a no show, you will be billed for one night.  The last day to make reservations at the group rate is March 28th.

548th & 67th Reconnaissance Association - A654C04
April 27 - May 3, 2016
Date Day Block Pickup Rooms Still Held
4/27/2016 Wednesday 11 11 0
4/28/2016 Thursday 50 28 22
4/29/2016 Friday 50 28 22
4/30/2016 Saturday 50 28 22
5/1/2016 Sunday 8 6 2
5/2/2016 Monday 1 1 0
Total minus the suites 170 102 68

Note:  We have 16 people who signed up for the reunion who have not yet booked their rooms!!! 

Also, if you have not sent in your $10 annual dues, those would also be appreciated, either by check made out to 548th/67th Association, mail to PO Box 75549, Kapolei, HI 96707 or PAYPAL to webmaster@548rtg.org .   Dues are voluntary, if you can't/don't pay, you will remain a member.


Names of those attending or might attend the Reunion:

Updated Number 3/24/16:  68 Attending and 31 Maybe's (Additions in Green. Strike thru cancelled)

Attending Might Attend
Max and Lillian Alexander Vernon and Connie Akers
Andy Anderson
Robert and Hitomi Barfus



Art and Susan Beidler

Dave and Lianne Belote
Jim and Lori Belk
Larry and Sirima Benson

Michael Brown
Mike and Terry Bernstein
Karen and Chris Biskup
Theo (Ted) and Jacqui Daley
Dick and Leah Blanchard Daniel and Nancy Daniels
Herb and Mary Ellen Boasso Mike "Griff" Griffin
Ray and Marguerite Ingold
Dean and Rosie Johnson
Willie and Mary Johnson
Cecil, Phyllis, and Erika Brown +1
Mike Carey

Denver Cook
Jon and Kathleen Kores
Richard and Margaret Dahlke Cy and Faith Letzelter
Terry Deininger Frank  and Terry Lindenmeier
Maureen DeNunzio and Joe Shannon
Pete and Jo Ann Durnell
Steve Martz
Fumiko Fisher Fosdick and Roger Fosdick
Joe and Sue Ford

Bill and Sue-me Forsyth and Josh Marciel (Grandson) Laurel and Betsy Mayer
Bill and Sue Germer
Russ and Karla Gorrell Ben and June Oakes
Charles Jr. and Debbie Harding
William and Sally Heath
Eddie and Debra Hickman
Fred and Sue Hoover
Ken Parman
Steve and Debbie Irish Barry and Peggy Savage
Tony and Ben Jackson John and Deb Schlimmer
Randy and Lorella Johnson Norman and Billie Simpson

Lynn Wilhelm
Ken and Beverly Kelly
Michael Kiser
Dan and Alana Kolcun
Roy and Barbara Mattke

John and YoungAi McConnell
Mark Mizner
Bob and Sharon Nitzenberger
Patrick and Valarie O'Conner 
Dick and Anne O'Neil
Steve and Somjit Pagel
Jim and Cathy Paine
John and Peggy Pecarina
Robin Reed
Clinton and Nancy Rogers
Jim Sertich
Ken and Dawn Sharkey
Bruce Skinner
Brian Solletti
Jim and Sue Spencer
Elton and Bernice Stokes
Gil and Cynthia Taylor, Lisa Taylor, Rhiannon Taylor, Kevin Cahil
Tom and Donna Thompson
Don and Jane Waddell
Dan and Phyllis Waddle
Joe Weller
Fred and Jill Wiles

Reunion Update January 19, 2016

As of today, we have 93 members who say they are attending the reunion and another 37 who might attend, a list of those attending  is below.  We still do not have a firm price per person for the reunion, I am awaiting information from our reunion planners in Las Vegas, hopefully the price will be $100-$110 per person, but that is a swag at this point, with the number attending, we need an accurate cost figure.  (Note:  if you are a member and did not receive this information via email on January 19, 2016, we do not have a good email address for you, please send your current email address to forsythj223@hotmail.com.  The following 67 RTS member's email  addresses failed on the latest email:  Norman Mckeown, Sally Preston, Robert Neipert, Richard Heintzleman, and George Baker, I checked and none appear to be deceased)

548th/67th  Alumni                                                                                          May 11, 2015

     You can now make your reservations for the Orleans Hotel and Casino for our next reunion, reunion check-in Thursday April 28th, checking out Sunday May 1st.  The hotel provided the following information.

You may call into The Orleans Hotel Reservations at 800-675-3267 or go on-line to www.OrleansCasino.com/groups and use group code: A654C04

To avoid long hold times we encourage making your reservations on-line.

 Reservations must be made on or before Monday, March 28, 2016 to ensure availability and group rate. 

For those who might want to stay longer in Vegas, the group rate is good from 4/27/16 until 5/2/16.  They will charge your first night at the time of booking, if cancelled, they will refund it.
Aloha

Bill


548th and 67th Alumni                                                                                                   February 10, 2015
 
Thus far we have 69 confirmed attending the 2016 reunion in Las Vegas and another 34 maybes.  There are no major changes to the previously published schedule, although we may have to cut out one of the Friday military visits to fit it all into one day.  Also, it looks like the cost per individual will be about $100 rather than the previous estimate of $75 due to the bus rental, sales tax, and entertainment costs incurred by having the banquet and other activities off-base.  Below is a list of those who have sent in survey forms, if you plan to attend or might attend, and are not on the list, please fill out a survey form on our website
548rtg.org  Also, if you have not sent in your $10 annual dues, those would also be appreciated, either by check made out to 548th/67th Association, mail to PO Box 75549, Kapolei, HI 96707 or PAYPAL to webmaster@548rtg.org .
 
Aloha
 
Bill


548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association 2016 Reunion and Association Dues                    January 5, 2015

    Our 2016 reunion will be held at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, April 28-30, 2016 (18 months from now).  The Orleans is an off strip hotel, a few blocks west of the MGM Grand, we decided to go with an off the strip hotel due to the substantial savings in reunion costs, those members who want the full Vegas experience are welcome to stay in hotels on the strip or downtown and come over to the Orleans for the reunion activities.  I have posted a survey on the website to get an approximate number of those attending, if you are planning on attending or even thinking of attending, please fill out the survey on this website.

    Once we have an approximate number of rooms needed at the hotel, they will reserve a block of superior class rooms for us at a rate of $50 for Thursday night and $100 for Friday and Saturday nights, plus a Clark County room tax of 12%.  (Note:  They normally offer cheaper deluxe rooms, but the deluxe rooms will be undergoing renovation in 2016 and will not be available)

          Superior Room (King bed, also have two queen rooms, free wifi)

 They will also provide us a complementary executive suite we can use as a hospitality suite.  Please wait until we get our block of rooms before making your reservation.  For those of you who might be coming to Vegas in an RV the Nellis FAMCAMP is a good place to park your ride, we can arrange to pick you up there for events at the hotel.

 The cost of the reunion is still TBD, function room rentals will be waived if we have 50 or more attending, my estimate now is $75 per person, this does not include the Friday night dinner at the hotel which will be approximately $30.

 The tentative schedule for the reunion is:

 Thursday April 28, 2016

                Members arrive
               1600 – 2200 Meet N Greet at the hotel Salon A/F, heavy pupus and pay as you go bar.
               2200-???  Hospitality Suite

 Friday April 29

                0830 Bus and POV’s to Nellis AFB (57 passenger bus, ADA wheel chair accessible)
                0900 Tour Nellis Threat Center (Soviet equipment bone yard)

                                                                 Nellis Threat Center (PI Memories)

                1015  Thunderbird Museum
                1130  Lunch at Nellis Club
                1330  Bus to Creech AFB
                1430  Tour and brief 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing (Recce and strike drones)
                1530  Bus to Orleans Hotel
                (Note:  These tours must be done on a normal duty day, times are subject to change depending on actual length of tours/briefings, we may have to leave the hotel earlier or cut out a tour(s) to fit it all into one day)
               1800-2000    Dinner served at the French Market Buffet
                2000-????  Hospitality Suite

Saturday April 30

                0900-1030  Business meeting and presentations by members (If no presenters volunteer, we will move the business meeting to the meet and great on Thursday)
                1100-1600  Tours in Vegas area TBD, probably on your own, but we will have a van to drive a limited number if you don’t have a car.
                1800-2130  Banquet with Buffet Salon K and L at hotel 
                                   Guest speaker TBD (Email me your suggestions)
                                   Entertainment TBD (No Air Force band at Nellis)
                                   Business casual or aloha attire
                 2130-????  Hospitality Suite

Sunday May 1

                Members depart or stay for fun on their own     

    It is also time to pay dues again, the association dues are $10 per year, dues are voluntary and if a member is unable to pay, they will remain a member.  If you previously paid your dues for multiple years or paid some extra, thank you (Larry Benson, Chris Biskup, Cecil Brown, Elton Stokes, John Hagen, Randy Johnson, Jim Grant, Mike Kiser, John McIntyre, Steve Pagel, Leonard Rodwell, John Schlimmer, Nick Scohera, might be more I missed).  You can either pay by PAYPAL (preferred) to webmaster@548rtg.org or by check made out to 548th/ 67th Assoc, mailed to:

548th and 67th Assoc
PO Box 75549 
Kapolei, HI 96707

 Mahalo

 Bill


548th and 67th Alumni                                                                                       November 9, 2014
 
After a very, very tight race, the votes are in and our next reunion location will be 
Las Vegas, Nevada.  We will try and plan a date outside of the heat and monsoon rains.  Any volunteers in the area to help with the planning and organizing or people who have ins at Nellis, please let me know.  
 
Mahalo
 
Bill
 
The final vote was: 

Las Vegas Dayton Cocoa Beach New Orleans San Antonio San Diego Houston  San Francisco Hawaii Total
45 42 21 3 1 1 1 0 0 114

548th and 67th Reunion 2014 and 2016                                 October 8, 2014

    Our 2014 reunion was a success, a big MAHALO to DNI General Clapper for speaking to us and taking the time to greet each of us personally afterward, and to Col Benson for arranging it, to Elton Stokes, Pat Miller, and Joe Weller for organizing the reunion and Mark Mizner for “volunteering” at the last minute to MC the banquet when Joe Weller cancelled out due to an injury.  My money count shows we will be in the black for the reunion costs, thanks to everyone for paying up at the reunion and sending checks to the 548th mailbox, I will be back in Hawaii on October 20th to pick them up and hopefully have them deposited by the end of the week.  If you have not paid, please pay either by Paypal (Pay to webmaster@548rtg.org) or a check made out to the 548th Assoc, mail to:  548th Assoc, PO Box 75549, Kapolei, HI 96707.  If you attended the reunion and have pictures, send them to me @ mailto:forsythj223@hotmail.com and Ben Oakes @ mailto: benjamin.oakes@exelisinc.com so we can post them on the website 548rtg.org and use them in an future news letter ; if they are large files, as most with newer cameras are, compress them, I use Microsoft Picture Manager, open with Microsoft Picture Manage or:

1.       From the Start menu, select All Programs.
2.       Click to open the Microsoft Office folder.
3.       Click to open the Microsoft Office Tools folder.
4.       Click Microsoft Office Picture Manager.

Once in Picture manager, go to edit pictures, compress, compress for documents, exit, save.  For you Apple heads, I have no clue how to do it, but it must be similar.

         Our business meeting Thursday night was chaired by Mark Mizer, who also MC’ed at the banquet, and did an excellent job at both, here is the report on the business meeting:

Thursday Business Meeting for the Association.

7:00 PM (19:00 hrs) start time.

Issues to discuss:

1. Discuss where to have next reunion.  Membership voted to have membership select from one of four locations or nominate one of their own.  Nominated locations are:

       1.      New Orleans

       2.      Las Vegas, NV

       3.      Coco Beach, FL, with cruise afterward for those who want to go

       4.     ________________ (name your own location, but not in the Northeast US as we are there this reunion; also, take a look at the demographics (http://548rtg.org/Membership_Demographics_JJE.html) of the area you nominate to be sure we have the membership base to organize the reunion in that state).

Email your nominations to forsythj223@hotmail.com.  When you send in a nomination for another reunion location, I will send it out to the membership, if they vote for the new location, it will cancel out any previous nomination voted for.   Submissions are due by November 7th in order to start planning.  

2. Discuss Merger of 548th and 67th Associations:  The membership voted to accept the merger of the 548th association with the 67th association.   Details of the finances will be worked out between Bill Forsyth and Ken Kelly after the expense of the respective organizations are covered.  Membership rosters will also be combined.

3.  Treasurer Report.  Bill Forsyth gave an accounting of the 548th Reconnaissance Association finances to date from the 2012 reunion.  We believe that we will still be in the black after all reunion expenses are met.

4.  Election of officers.  The 2016 548th Reconnaissance Association reunion officers are:

President:                          Dan Kolcun
Vice-President:                  Mark Mizner
Treasurer:                          Bill Forsyth
Historian:                           Jim Spencer 
Webmasters                       Bill Forsyth and Ben Oakes


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